Bill Garing

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William Henry Garing
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Group Captain Bill Garing in Cyprus, 1953
Nickname(s) Bull
Born (1910-07-26)26 July 1910
Corryong, Victoria
Died 1 January 2004(2004-01-01) (aged 93)
Allegiance Australia
Service/branch Royal Australian Air Force
Years of service 1928–64
Rank Air Commodore
Commands held RAAF Overseas Headquarters (1953)
Western Area Command (1946–48)
No. 1 Operational Training Unit RAAF (1943–44)
No. 9 Operational Group RAAF (1942–43)
Battles/wars

Second World War

Awards Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Distinguished Flying Cross
Mentioned in Despatches
Distinguished Service Cross (United States)

Air Commodore William "Bill" Henry Garing, CBE, DFC (26 July 1910 – 1 January 2004)[1] was a senior officer in the Royal Australian Air Force.

While with No. 10 Squadron RAAF, flying Sunderlands, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross after he held off three waves of German bombers, over 12 hours, that were attacking the Armed Merchant Cruiser Mooltan on 31 July 1940.[1][2] Bill was instrumental in ensuring that survivors of the City of Benares were picked up on 25 September 1940.

Garing died 1 January 2004, after a very long illness and was buried at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium on 8 January.

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